Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cesspool mandate looms, Kauai DOBOR manager fined, resigns after no-bid contracts, Honolulu prosecutor impeachment filed in court, grumbling about state Senate assignments, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii homes with cesspools must be upgraded by 2050. But, a State Environmental Council Committee is calling for more scientific evidence to drive this mandate. Hawaii Public Radio.

Some Grumbling Over Senate Committee Posts. A few senators are upset about their assignments and say traditions are not being followed, but President Ron Kouchi says any complaints are baseless. Civil Beat.

State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly. The BOE wants to help field questions about the byzantine inner workings of the budget for public schools. Civil Beat.

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers. A Civil Beat investigation found frequent shortcomings with how Hawaii’s education department handles workers’ comp claims. Civil Beat.

Thousands of Hawaii teens admit to injecting illegal drugs — and help for these users is hard to find. Hawaii News Now.

VA Secretary Visits Hawaii, Maps Out Plan for Modernization. Hawaii Public Radio.

Used to bucking establishment, Tulsi Gabbard eyes White House run. Associated Press.


A petition to impeach Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been submitted to Circuit Court, and could ultimately lead to a judge being asked to weigh in. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu businessman Tracy Yoshimura filed an impeachment petition against Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro in state Circuit Court on Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Petition Filed With Court To Impeach Prosecutor Kaneshiro. A total of 864 signatures were submitted, and at least 500 must be verified before the process can move forward. Civil Beat.

Petition to impeach embattled city prosecutor filed in state court. Hawaii News Now.


Sea Life Park being investigated by Labor Department after receiving $130K in fines. The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations said it is investigating safety violations at Sea Life Park Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

The state is investigating Sea Life Park for alleged safety violations. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu real property values this year soared 6.8 percent to their highest on record — $275.46 billion — the city said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The military contractor whose vintage fighter jet crashed at sea and sank off Kewalo Basin a week ago has been working with local salvage company Parker Marine and might consult with Navy divers in an effort to recover the plane, the Coast Guard said. Star-Advertiser.

Results from a survey by Alexander & Baldwin Inc. showed that Kailua residents are most concerned about traffic, crowds and tourism, and support keeping Pali Lanes, the longtime bowling alley which became a touchstone of controversy between the community and the real estate company. Star-Advertiser.

Police on Oahu receive numerous reports of illegal fireworks. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric adds 4th solar-plus-storage project on Oahu. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

Personnel changes in county Public Works, Planning. The county announced Tuesday that Public Works Director Allan Simeon, who was appointed in April, will step down from that job on Jan. 31. He will remain an engineer with the department. Tribune-Herald.

One Hawaii County department director is stepping down and a previous director is returning as a deputy. Big Island Video News.

The two top officials at Hawaii County’s Department of Water Supply received pay raises Tuesday after a performance evaluation by the Water Board during its last meeting of the calendar year. West Hawaii Today.

A wrongful death lawsuit against a former Hawaii County police officer is moving forward with a trial scheduled in federal court in June. The family is suing former officer Jody Buddemeyer, Hawaii County and the Hawaii Police Department for the wrongful death of husband and father, Jeffrey Surnow, 69, of Michigan, after he was fatally struck by the former officer while riding a bicycle on Waikoloa Road on March 1, 2015. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Innocence Project letter asks state AG to ‘take action’ against retired judge. The Hawaii Innocence Project is accusing a retired Seattle judge of interfering with its attempt to exonerate a man convicted of the Christmas Eve 1991 abduction, rape and murder of Dana Ireland. Tribune-Herald.


Settlement reached over alleged gender discrimination within the Maui Police Department. Maui County and a former police captain reached a settlement Tuesday over an alleged gender discrimination case. Hawaii News Now.

Ige’s proposed budget contains funds for county. Millions set for school and hospital subsidies, harbor improvements. Maui News.

Band director no longer at Baldwin. Rodrigues was on paid leave pending an investigation of sexual misconduct. Maui News.

Final payments made in queen’s celebration grant. Nearly $37,000 of $100,000 returned to the general fund. Maui News.


The Kauai district manager of the state Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation resigned last week to resolve allegations that he falsified records to award 42 state contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars to one contractor without competitive bidding, according a settlement with the state Ethics Commission. Star-Advertiser.

Six bills are scheduled for public hearing at the Kauai County Council meeting Wednesday, giving taxpayers the chance to voice their opinions on proposals related to affordable housing, sewage system infrastructure repair, fire department staffing and a new helicopter hangar in Kilauea. Garden Island.

The Kauai Police Department may be getting new a DNA analysis system. Garden Island.

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